Guest Columns

George Bowers: We need to respect our roots

George Bowers Sr.

February 27th, 2015

This past week has been special to many young people in our valley as they celebrated the FFA. I so appreciate the influence of this great organization in my own life and in the lives of millions of others that have been members over the years. I invite you to salute these teenagers and their selfless Advisors who volunteer their time and energy to develop our youth into responsible competent leaders.

Roger Barbee: A just society that’s fair to all

Roger Barbee

February 25th, 2015

Children of all ages are quick to point out to any authority figure when they think a rule is “unfair.” What that complaint usually means is that the mentioned child has done something out of place and is being punished for his or her transgression.

Jason Wright: The principle of forgiveness

Jason Wright

February 20th, 2015

Dr. Kim Roberts of Salt Lake City and Robert Hanna of Denison, Texas, have never met. Instead, they’re linked by two letters and bonded by a brick.

George Bowers: The Oscars of heaven

George Bowers Sr.

February 20th, 2015

On Sunday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the 87th annual Academy Awards, more commonly known as the Oscars.

Richard Hoover: Parents must find new ways to teach teens way the world turns

Richard W. Hoover

February 17th, 2015

Most teenagers I know live carefully managed lives, hemmed in by institutions and parental controls, lives whose ticking minutes are spent on academics, athletics, computers, clubs, TV and the like. What I do not see is much personal freedom, the kind that teaches how the world turns, which helps form better judgement and a better sense of risk, i.e. when and when not to take it.

George Bowers Sr.: The gift of love

George Bowers Sr.

February 13th, 2015

Valentine’s Day is a wonderful holiday when we celebrate one of God’s greatest gifts, that of love. Aside from the boon for florists, this day also reminds us to give special attention to our closest fellow humans whom we may otherwise take for granted. I pray that each reader has someone who they can share this special day with or that they will sense the all-encompassing love of God.

Roger Barbee: The chickens will come home

Roger Barbee

February 12th, 2015

We have just learned that newscaster Brian Williams has been suspended without pay for six months. It seems that he has been less than accurate, for whatever reasons, in his reporting during Katrina, and war-related events in the Middle East. By his own actions, he has given good reason for us to question his observations as a journalist. Trust in a journalist is like trust in all relationships — without it there is no true relationship. His chickens certainly came home to roost.

Off to culinary school

Cody Fitchett

February 10th, 2015

This week’s recipe is not the one Itypically do. I’ve decided this week I’m going to give you a little background about the Culinary Instititue of America – the CIA – and why I chose it that culinary school.

Roger Barbee: Freedom and responsibility

Roger Barbee

February 9th, 2015

In his First Inaugural Address on March 04, 1801, Mr. Thomas Jefferson said: “…still one thing more, fellow citizens. a wise & frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, & shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. this is the sum of good government;…”

Jason Wright: Every customer does matter

Jason Wright

February 6th, 2015

For Christmas, my boys asked for and received matching mini flashlights from their grandmother. They want to be prepared for things like camping, power outages and late-night ninja attacks.

George Bowers Sr.: The icing on the cake

George Bowers Sr.

February 6th, 2015

February was always an exciting month in our home as we celebrated the birthdays of my mother, brother, nephew, niece and several cousins in this short 28-day span.

Recipe of the Week: You can make your own fresh doughnuts

Cody Fitchett

February 3rd, 2015

When you think of a doughnut, you think of Dunkin Doughnuts or right off the press Krispy Kreme, but what if I could tell you that you can make your own fresh off the press doughnuts with my foolproof recipe?

Roger Barbee: What if energy spent on Super Bowl is focused closer to home?

Roger Barbee

February 2nd, 2015

As I type on the keyboard, it is early afternoon on Super Bowl Sunday, and for the past two weeks the world, it seems, has been aflame with deflated footballs, non-speaking professional players who do not cooperate with the media, news announcers who make almost daily references to “the big game,” and ordinary — usually sane citizens — who began planning parties and taking sides for the game.

George Bowers Sr.: Parable of the firewood

George Bowers Sr.

January 30th, 2015

The firewood had been cut and neatly stacked by early September in anticipation of the upcoming winter. As the days and weeks passed, the nights got cooler and cooler and even though the homeowner covered the stack with a tarp to shield the pieces from rain and snow, it provided little real warmth. Those pieces whose bark had been removed in the splitting process were especially chilly, but they all huddled together and made do.

Recipe of the Week: Maple bacon cheesecake

Cody Fitchett

January 27th, 2015

Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts, mostly because I love cream cheese. The texture is creamy and velvety, and the crust adds the crunch the dessert needs.